It’s Power Rankings time again, folks.
Now that the majority of free agency is behind us and the 2020 NFL Draft is in the books, rosters across the NFL are starting to take shape. For the New Orleans Saints, the team makeup is largely set, with maybe a couple of additional depth moves remaining this offseason.
For a team that won the NFC South three years in a row, and a group that is largely bringing back its core of players on both sides of the ball, it’s no surprise Dan Hanzus of NFL.com has the New Orleans Saints as one of the top 10 teams in the NFL. With the additions of players like Emmanuel Sanders and Malcolm Jenkins, this likely pushed the Saints up just a tad higher in the most recent post-draft Power Rankings, where the Saints are ranked 4th in the NFL:
The Saints entered the draft boasting one of the most complete rosters in the NFL. With no glaring holes, coach Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis did some tinkering. Enter first-round pick Cesar Ruiz, who appears poised to replace veteran incumbent Larry Warford at right guard. Come Sunday morning, the Saints’ quarterback room became the source of the team’s highest level of intrigue. We learned that New Orleans is reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Jameis Winston(!) on the same day Taysom Hill inked a two-year, $21 million extension. That’s substantial money for a gadget player poised to be a third-string QB if Winston signs to be Drew Brees’ backup. Hey, rich-people problems, right?
At fourth, the Saints are behind only the reigning Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs, the reigning NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers, and the team boasting the reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens.
It’s hard to argue too much with this list consider the way the postseason unfolded last year, but you could make a case for the Saints and 49ers to be a toss-up as the best team in the NFL. San Francisco made noticeable improvements last year with the mid-season acquisition of Emmanuel Sanders, who now finds himself on the other side of this matchup, inking a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.
Across the NFC South, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the next-highest-ranked team, coming in 12th in the league, six spots ahead of the Atlanta Falcons, 18th overall. Despite adding former Saint Teddy Bridgewater, the Carolina Panthers remain one of the NFL’s lowest-ranked teams, 29th (out of 32) in the NFL.
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